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    Zamboanga Airfield (Wolfe Field) Mindanao Philippines

Location
Lat 6° 56' 0" Long 122° 5' 0" Zamboanga Airfield was located near San Roque Airfueld (Moret Field) to the west of Zamboanga on the southwestern tip Mindanao in the Philippines. Nearby was an experimental cotton farm. Also known as "Wolfe Field".

Construction
Prewar built single runway. A golf course was built near the airfield which was then originally situated in the rolling hills nearby and is the oldest golf course in the Philippines, established in 1911. General John "Black Jack" Pershing was said to have been the first president of the golf course.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese in 1942 and used until March 1945.

American missions against Zamboanga
October 7, 1944 - March 15, 1945

On March 10, 1945 liberated by the U. S. Army 162nd Infantry.

American units based at Zamboanga (Wolfe)
419th NFS (P-61 det) Puerto Princesa March 18, 1944 - July 20, 1945 Puerto Princesa
85th FW, 550th NFS (P-38, P-61, P-70 det) Tacloban April 27 - June 17, 1945 Tacloban
311th PW (attached to 6th PRG), 4th PRS (F-7) Hollandia April 1 - June 1, 1945 Clark Field
18th FG, 12th FS (P-38) Puerto Princesa May 11, 1945

Wolfe's airstrip was too short to accommodate larger USMC and USAAF aircraft, that opted to use nearby San Roque Airfield (Moret Field) instead.

L2D2 Tabby
Captured at Zamboanga on May 3, 1945, missing left propeller. Flown to Clark Field

Reference
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information

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Last Updated
February 5, 2018

 

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